In Pictures: The Hillsborough Disaster (RIP)
IT’S the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Thursday, when 96 people died at the FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. There is to be a memorial at Anfield stadium. At 3.06pm, there will be a minute’s silence. This is not mawkish sentimentality. This is paying respects to members of a club who went to watch the beautiful game. In 1989, your writer was watching the event on the TV. It made no sense. We used to enjoy the crush of the fans and how the masses swayed and rolled on the terraces like migrating birds. It still doesn’t make sense. People were penned in. Like animals. The police did not open the fences. The fans behind the crush did not know. The police did not realise. People kept coming, joining the crush. Who is to blame? Is circumstance the culprit, a culmination of events that led to a cataclysmic horror? The victims went to the football. They went to watch the football and they never came home. And that is tragic.